New Vice-Provincial leadership in Nigeria

Back Row From Left: Fr. Hyacinth Agomuoh (EVPC), Fr. John Ogiehor (EVPC), Fr. Kingsley Ebhodaghe (EVPC & Vice Provincial Secretary) Front Row from Left: Br. Simeon Okafor (EVPC), Fr. Godwin Abbah (Second Consultor), Fr. Micheal EMERUE (Vice Provincial Superior), Fr. Noel Eshikena (Vicar/First Consultor)

The Vice-Province of Nigeria, on Sunday, January 1st, 2023 swore in its 4th set of the leadership team since it became a Vice-Province in 2008. The ceremony took place at the Liguori House Chapel in the presence of both the Liguori House and Redeemer House communities. A few confreres came from Lagos to attend the ceremony.

The appointment of the leadership came after a month-long period of prayer and discernment conducted by the General Council, represented by Fr. Nicholas Ayouba, the special delegate of the Superior General for the Vice-Province of Nigeria. To conduct this consultative regional assembly, Fr. Ayouba was assisted by Fr. John Fahey representing the Denver Province, and Fr. Noel Sottima, the Co-ordinator of the Conference of Redemptorists of Africa and Madagascar (COREAM). The team visited five cities where the confreres are located. It was indeed a time of prayerful discernment and the expression of the desires and hopes of the confreres of the Vice-Province.

These appointments, which came a month after the consultative regional assemblies, saw the appointment of the Director of the students and member of the council, Fr. Micheal Emerue as the new Vice-Provincial Superior. His Vicar, Fr. Noel Eshikena was working in Ghana as the Novice Master of the joint Novitiate of the Western African Configuration of COREAM. The other members of the team; Fr. Godwin Abbah, Br. Simeon Okafor, Fr. Kingsley Ebhodaghe, Fr. John Ogiehor, and Fr. Hyacinth Agomouh were likewise appointed while engaged in other important apostolates in the Vice-Province.

It is fitting to say a word of thanks to the previous leadership team led by Fr. Joterio Aghoja. We thank them for their excellent leadership which has brought the Vice-Province to its present state. May God be with them as they take up new roles in the life of the Vice-Province.

We also ask the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on the new leadership team as they take up the burden of leadership. May grace and light guide their actions and decisions throughout their service for the quadrennium.

Godwin Abbah, CSsR